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Iceland escape

My dad is obsessed with all things Iceland, and the country really does feel magical. This teeny house is perched on a cliff on Elliðaey, a southern island in Iceland. How amazing does it look? I’d love to ride a bike down that hill or lie in the grass at midnight.

P.S. Would you be brave enough to walk around the very edge?
P.P.S. More travel fantasies

  1. Bjørn Rudbeck says...

    iceland is fantastic. ive been there twice and i’m going agin next Year. My favorite place on earth so far. Rent a 4X4 and drive the gravel roads, there is only asphalt on highway 1. the roads should be open from mid june til august

  2. Anonymous says...

    I live in Iceland and I have a daughter named Sigurrós, just like the band Sigur Rós.

    You´re all welcome to my beautiful country.

    Greetings from Iceland,

    Heiða

  3. This won’t succeed in reality, that is exactly what I think.

  4. Vi says...

    wow…I am seeing myself skiing on that hill..

  5. I feel like a lifetime doesn’t allow enough time to see enough of the world.

  6. Meredith says...

    I recommend all those interested in Iceland to read The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley. It’s a great novel and features a lot of Icelandic history and culture.
    http://www.christinasunley.com/

  7. Anonymous says...

    This house is a hunting cabin… its for hunters that go to catch puffin and other birds… there are a lot of small islands around Vestmannaeyjar where this island is…

    And i would not reccomend bike riding down that hill.. the slope is very uneven because there are thousand of puffin holes in that hill

    You can check more out at:
    http://www.visitwestmanislands.com/english/

  8. wow, this is so amazing. This is when taking a picture from very far away has a huge impact.
    A fantasy indeed.

  9. OMG now that’s just the craziest thing I’ve ever seen!!!

    eeeeek I’d be so terrified to live there…lovely as it is…talk about no reception.

    xoxo
    Olivia

  10. Wow, that’s pretty amazing looking! That hill would be peeeerrrrfect for iceblocking! lol

  11. this is pretty amazing. I don’t think I would be to walk around the edge, yet alone ride my bike around. I am way to clumsy and would be scared of falling :(
    P.s. you have such a lovely blog/I just started following.

  12. Oh, how I love tiny houses. This one is an absolute dreamscape for me. It looks so peaceful.

  13. I flew Iceland Air to Paris in November! I wish I could have seen more of the lovely country on my layover.

  14. i just got an insatiable urge to go there. i need to. i have to. it’s so amazing, i would love to just lay on the top of that hill and just… look.

  15. WOW WOW WOW

    Im ready to move in there for a month with a big stack of books!

  16. Astounding! I’d love to live in that house.
    With the land forming that parabolic shape, the satellite TV reception should be good too…

  17. i think a good old-fashioned roll down the hill would be incredibly fun (and possibly painful).

  18. Those photos are blowing my mind! It’s really amazing, but also a little scary. Can probably get pretty lonely.

  19. My boyfriend and I went to Iceland last year. We hired a car and spent 10 days travelling round staying in a different place every night. Amazing place and best holiday ever. Go now…

  20. My boyfriend and I went to Iceland last year. We hired a car and spent 10 days travelling round staying in a different place every night. Amazing place and best holiday ever. Go now…

  21. My boyfriend and I went to Iceland last year. We hired a car and spent 10 days travelling round staying in a different place every night. Amazing place and best holiday ever. Go now…

  22. My boyfriend and I went to Iceland last year. We hired a car and spent 10 days travelling round staying in a different place every night. Amazing place and best holiday ever. Go now…

  23. wauw, amazing! I’ve got a little fear of hights, so wouldn’t be my favorite save place to live, but the sight must be lovely!

  24. wauw, amazing! I’ve got a little fear of hights, so wouldn’t be my favorite save place to live, but the sight must be lovely!

  25. wauw, amazing! I’ve got a little fear of hights, so wouldn’t be my favorite save place to live, but the sight must be lovely!

  26. wauw, amazing! I’ve got a little fear of hights, so wouldn’t be my favorite save place to live, but the sight must be lovely!

  27. wauw, amazing! I’ve got a little fear of hights, so wouldn’t be my favorite save place to live, but the sight must be lovely!

  28. Thanks Joanna!! We are beside ourselves with excitement!!! :) :)

  29. Wow, that is so crazy having a house like that. Being a nEw Yroker and not having any space, that house is like a dream.

    Sadie at heyMamas

  30. Wow, that is so crazy having a house like that. Being a nEw Yroker and not having any space, that house is like a dream.

    Sadie at heyMamas

  31. Wow, that is so crazy having a house like that. Being a nEw Yroker and not having any space, that house is like a dream.

    Sadie at heyMamas

  32. Wow, that is so crazy having a house like that. Being a nEw Yroker and not having any space, that house is like a dream.

    Sadie at heyMamas

  33. Wow, that is so crazy having a house like that. Being a nEw Yroker and not having any space, that house is like a dream.

    Sadie at heyMamas

  34. Wow, that is so crazy having a house like that. Being a nEw Yroker and not having any space, that house is like a dream.

    Sadie at heyMamas

  35. Wow, that is so crazy having a house like that. Being a nEw Yroker and not having any space, that house is like a dream.

    Sadie at heyMamas

  36. Wow, that is so crazy having a house like that. Being a nEw Yroker and not having any space, that house is like a dream.

    Sadie at heyMamas

  37. we went to iceland last august and my then-boyfriend proposed to me on a similarly tiny, craggy island, in a tent, in the midst of 60 mph winds. it was pretty amazing. the country is shockingly beautiful!

  38. we went to iceland last august and my then-boyfriend proposed to me on a similarly tiny, craggy island, in a tent, in the midst of 60 mph winds. it was pretty amazing. the country is shockingly beautiful!

  39. we went to iceland last august and my then-boyfriend proposed to me on a similarly tiny, craggy island, in a tent, in the midst of 60 mph winds. it was pretty amazing. the country is shockingly beautiful!

  40. we went to iceland last august and my then-boyfriend proposed to me on a similarly tiny, craggy island, in a tent, in the midst of 60 mph winds. it was pretty amazing. the country is shockingly beautiful!

  41. we went to iceland last august and my then-boyfriend proposed to me on a similarly tiny, craggy island, in a tent, in the midst of 60 mph winds. it was pretty amazing. the country is shockingly beautiful!

  42. we went to iceland last august and my then-boyfriend proposed to me on a similarly tiny, craggy island, in a tent, in the midst of 60 mph winds. it was pretty amazing. the country is shockingly beautiful!

  43. wow that is crazy looking! What a magical escape that would be.

  44. wow!! That was so cool! I could live there, be a writer, and never see at the clock. A whole new idea of life came up in my head just seeing this picture. :)

  45. i would be afraid to fall in sea while riding the bike

  46. It must be nice for a holiday. I’d get bored after a while though, there’s only so much you can do there probably…

  47. Absolutely stunning! I would love to toboggan down that hill… oh, wait, on second thought… ;)

  48. I hear that the Icelandic language is the hardest language to learn in the world.
    Is this true?

  49. Eeeep! I’m getting married in Iceland in June – so excited to see you post about the country! :)

    There is a little converted farmhouse on the west coast of Iceland called Hotel Budir. My fiance and I have rented out the entire place for 50 of our closest family and friends and can’t think of a better place to recite our vows than at the foot of a volcano!

    Thanks for the pictures, they’re just lush!!!!

  50. Jane, I’ll be there for the month of June too for an artist residency. It will be my first time there. I would love to see this place. I hope you have fun!

  51. LOVE Iceland. I lived there for two years when I was in middle school and I would love to go back and visit as an adult! :)

  52. How magical!
    I’d love to lie on the grass but I’d probably be scared to walk on the very edge. :-/
    Wonderful find!

    { Lindsey }

  53. I can’t even believe this!! Unreal.

    Beatriz.
    thatgirlinpearls.com

  54. That is gorgeous, I would love to go there someday. If only!

    Thanks for sharing this =)

  55. Everyone I know who has been to Iceland *loved* it. I even have a friend who moved there because he said that it was the only place in the world where he didn’t have allergies!

  56. GORGEOUS! I’m totally tantalized! And as a rock climber, I must say I would like to do much more than just *walk* around the edge!
    I would love to explore every square inch of that little slice of heaven. Love love love.

  57. I think walking around … along the edge would be mighty scary but really fun too! Thanks for sharing!

  58. that is the best thing i’ve ever seen!!

  59. LOVE those photos, they’re amazing! i’d love to go to iceland some day.

  60. I would like to purchase that place STAT! Wow… it is so beautiful! The country of Iceland is quite magical, unlike anywhere I have ever been before. That place seems like the ultimate getaway!

  61. I went to Iceland a few years back, on my way to Paris (check out Iceland Air’s deals!). We only went to Reykjavik for a weekend but it was lovely and I want to go back. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. Your dad’s obsession is well-warranted!

  62. I saw this last week somewhere on the blogsphere and it blew me away. Amazing view.

  63. I want to go to there…
    -tina fey

  64. Iceland is in the top three of places I want to travel to. It seems like such a cool place. And living in Denmark I guess I have no excuse not tog o since it’s so close.

  65. what a strange and fascinating place for a house! I’d love to visit, but I’m not so sure about walking around the edge! scary :)

  66. My husband writes children’s books and is working on a triology about Norse mythology for young adults. I promised him a trip to Iceland when he’s finished!

  67. I have never seen anything like this. Amazing!

  68. Whoa. This is TOO cool. I think I would definitely walk around the edge, but I would be too chicken to ride my bike down that giant hill! This could possibly be one of the greatest romantic getaways…

  69. Ohh I am dying to go to Iceland, and that house is just so unbelievable! Thanks for sharing. When we begin planning I will remember this post.

    And pizza cones? hmmm … please let us know what you think!

  70. It reminds me of the house in the movie “Up.” What a sweet and sad movie!

  71. all i can say is we went to iceland for our honeymoon, and well, it was fantastic.

  72. Oh….this is my weakness. I call it travel porn (I know, it’s crude, but that’s how it feels) I could look at travel ideas all day. My problem is that I can’t decide where to go because I am so overwhelmed with all the amazing possibilities! Yes I would walk the edge. I also think it would be fun to fly a kite on this little island….
    P.S. I am currently obsessed with Dunton Hot Springs, thanks to your post about it!
    T

  73. My mother fly fishes in Iceland three weeks each year. She brings back the most beautiful photos. And the Icelandic ponies are like something out of a fairytale.

  74. wow.. that is insanely beautiful!

  75. this place looks so magical, i hope to one day visit iceland too. i loved the anthony bourdain episode when he went to iceland!

  76. OMG. That house has the kind of aspect I like. DESERTED.

    Really want to go to Iceland, nearly accidentally went at the wrong time of year. (December! Darkness! That would suck.) Really want to check out the lagoons you can bathe in, with natural thermal waters…. *drifts off into daydream…*

  77. I LOVE those pictures! They look almost fake, but I know they’re not. I guess they must have been taken out of an airplane or helicopter!

  78. Gosh, I don’t know if there is a word for how spectacular this is! My goodness gracious. I’m in love.

  79. Last Christmas I had the good fortune of being stuck on the tarmack with the wife of the Icelandic Ambassador to the U.S. who told me about how on new years in Iceland everyone has wonderful bonefires down by the beach in the snow. Since then I have been dying to spend a new years there.

  80. i love iceland! i had the chance to go there this summer, but my appetite for the country has only just been whet. i can’t wait to go back

    love this post.

    sandy caribou

  81. om my goodness, would you really ride a bike down that hill?? you my friend, are brave. yikes!

  82. I have wanted to visit Iceland for awhile now and this just makes me want to go there even more!!

  83. Wow, that amazing! I’d love to be there… But it also looks sad, no neighbors :P

    Kisses darling!

  84. This place looks stunning!!!!! I dont think I’d be brave enough to walk right on the edge but I’d get pretty close :)

  85. Funny, my Dad is in Island right now at a detox spa.
    What a beautiful landscape picture:)

  86. oh my god. when can i move in?!

  87. WOW – talk about breathtaking. These images are amazing.

  88. That house is amazing! There is a house like, a couple hours west of Seattle, where the family is an innkeeper of a nature reserve. Perhaps this is the same situation?

    teatoastblog.blogspot.com

  89. i could NEVER walk along that edge! I am terrified of heights and, more specifically, falling. But I absolutely want to visit Iceland at some point. I had a friend who visited and said it was a really fun city.

  90. Anonymous says...

    that is bjork’s house in iceland.

  91. Amazing~ wonder if they get tv cable there???

  92. Oh I know I would walk as close to the edge as possible! Ha, ha- especially if I lived there, what else would I do. ;-)

  93. Iceland is at the top of my travel list. That house looks so lonely and eerily beautiful at the same time.

  94. I’ve been daydreaming about Iceland, lately. I’ve been listening to a lot of Bjork and Sigur Ros, and now I’m wishing I was in one of those little homes!

  95. Absolutely amazing! But walk to the edge – not me!

  96. I read Ireland… which it does not look unlike! Beautiful!

  97. that house is pretty much amazing, to the tenth power. :]

  98. nope I would not be brave enough for that, I think I would be too scared to even live there! But it is absolutely incredible!

  99. I used to live there for 2 years. That country is beautiful. I miss it so much.

  100. Wow! I love your ongoing Travel Fantasies!

  101. Wow, it’s beautiful there. It almost doesn’t seem real.
    That big hill makes me want to roll down it! lol

  102. I desperately want to go to iceland. We may stop over when we end up going to Paris. What a trip that will be.

  103. oh my goodness, jane, you’re going to have an amazing time!

  104. wow that’s pretty amazing. i think i’d be a little scared though… and can you imagine trying to keep the little ones away from the edge! i’d be permanently stressed out. haha. beautiful though.

    -angela

  105. I’m going to Iceland in June!! I can’t wait… it’s been on my travel list for many, many years. These images take my breath away.

  106. maggie says...

    YES PLEASE!